De Gea close to shock new United contract as agent Mendes arrives at Carrington for talks after £29m Real move collapsed

David de Gea close to shock new Manchester United contract

Manchester United are close to agreeing a new contract with goalkeeper David de Gea in a dramatic turnaround. The Spain international's agent Jorge Mendes arrived at the club's Carrington training ground on Thursday afternoon for talks with Louis van Gaal and club officials in what would represent a remarkable coup for the club just days after he looked set to join Real Madrid. De Gea was left upset and perplexed after his £29million deadline day move to Madrid collapsed. The Spanish side blamed United yet, in the ensuing inquests, De Gea has been convinced that the Old Trafford club were not to blame and indeed want him to stay. 

TACKLE KEOWN: Van Gaal should listen to his players after revolt, De Gea must start and Manchester United will beat Liverpool

Louis van Gaal should listen to his players, David de Gea must start and Manchester United

Former Arsenal and England defender and Sportsmail columnist MARTIN KEOWN is back ahead of the return of the Premier League to answer YOUR questions on the biggest talking points in football this week.

Van Gaal: United WILL beat Liverpool at Old Trafford... but we won't win the Premier League this season

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on August 5, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told supporters not to worry about Saturday's clash with fierce rivals Liverpool by declaring: 'We will win on Saturday'.

Arsenal fans can't expect a striker to fall from heaven, blasts Wenger... they must support the players we have

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger attends a press conference at London Colney on September 10, 2015 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger has hit back at Arsenal fans after coming under heavy criticism and told them they cannot expect divine intervention in their eagerness for a striker.

United youngster Wilson wanted by Derby as striker looks set for loan move in bid for first-team football

SAN JOSE, CA - JULY 21:  James Wilson of Manchester United in action with Paulo Renato of San Jose Earthquakes during the International Champions Cup 2015 match between San Jose Earthquakes and Manchester United at Avaya Stadium on July 21, 2015 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Derby head coach Paul Clement has confirmed he has enquired about Manchester United striker James Wilson. The Red Devils look likely to allow Wilson to leave on loan.

Why do you dislike them so much? Liverpool and United fans answer key questions ahead of Saturday's clash

Manchester United host Liverpool on Saturday at Old Trafford with both clubs having made a tentative start to the season. Sportsmail has spoken to a supporter of each side.

Ready for the big one! Sturridge back in full training as Liverpool stars laugh while preparing for huge United grudge match

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in good spirits ahead of trip to Manchester United as

Liverpool's stars looked delighted to be back in the swing of club football as they made themselves ready to return to Premier League action this weekend. Brendan Rodgers was pictured laughing and joking with his squad as he prepared them for a visit to Old Trafford to face fierce rivals Manchester United on Saturday evening. And the Liverpool boss was given a timely boost ahead of the United fixture, as England striker Daniel Sturridge returned to full training, with the possibility that he could be back in action for the first time since April this weekend.

United players feel like robots, staff banished from canteen and no days off in THREE WEEKS... Rooney and Carrick take Van Gaal to task over his strict methods

Manchester United players rebel against Louis van Gaal as senior stars complain about

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has come under further pressure after it emerged that senior players have complained about his training methods. The Dutch manager has been criticised by fans and pundits alike for his side's rigid playing style and lack of attacking flair. And it appears that some of his players have lost patience too, with captain Wayne Rooney and vice-captain Michael Carrick confronting Van Gaal earlier this season.

United vs Liverpool is English football's biggest game but this clash is the most important for years

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05:  (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Louis van Gaal of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on August 5, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

With both Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers under increasing scrutiny following poor performances, this Saturday's Man United-Liverpool clash is the most important in years

PSG will have to cough up €1BILLION if they want to sign Ronaldo, insists Real Madrid president Perez 

Paris Saint Germain have been quoted a mammoth €1billion asking price by Real Madrid for star forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The Ligue 1 giants, had been linked with a move for Ronaldo.

Chelsea goalkeeper Courtois faces 48-hour race to be fit for Everton clash

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea reacts after conceding Crystal Palace's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on August 29, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been left sweating on the fitness of Thibaut Courtois after the goalkeeper picked up an ankle injury during training on Wednesday.

United vs Liverpool is the Premier League's fiercest rivalry... here are 10 flashpoints which set this combustible fixture alight

Manchester United and Liverpool FC is the Premier League's fiercest rivalry

It has long been English football's most combustible fixture, a contest liable to explode at any second after a malicious tackle or word out of turn. Manchester United vs Liverpool is the Premier League's answer to the 'Clasico', a rivalry between two cities on so many levels condensed into 90 minutes on the football pitch. We've had full-scale melees, rash two-footed challenges, ranting and raving, and plenty of handbags. Ahead of Saturday's showdown at Old Trafford, we take a look back at 10 flashpoints in this fixture from the modern era

A team that would terrify Batman! Samoa step up World Cup preparations by wearing Bane-style masks during intense training session

Samoa step up their Rugby World Cup 2015 preparations by wearing Bane-style masks during

The Samoan internationals looked more like Batman villain Bane rather than rugby players as they stepped up their World Cup preparation ahead of their opener against the USA. Samoa are known to be a very physical outfit but even by their standards the strenuous training session in Rome looked quite chilling.   Ahead of their Pool B opener on September 20, the squad were tested on various aspects of their game - with some players were training masks which are designed to increase breathing capacity.

Burgess can be a game-changer for England after toughest pre-season ever, says league-convert Robinson

File photo dated 22-11-2003 of Jason Robinson celebrates his try for England against Australia during the Rugby World Cup Final at the Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 9, 2015. World Cup winner Jason Robinson believes Sam Burgess will have every intention of making England's starting line-up when the tournament starts next week. See PA story RUGBYU England Robinson. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.

England are just a week away from kicking off their Rugby World Cup campaign against Fiji at Twickenham, and exitement is building in and outside the camp.

England should be wary of upset, warns Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08:  Chris Robshaw offloads the ball to team mate James Haskell during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on September 8, 2015 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Sir Ian McGeechan's experience of coaching Fijians on a golf course has offered him an insight into the danger posed by England's opponents in their World Cup opener on Friday week.

Martial's £58m fee was 'ridiculous' says Van Gaal as he reveals how he expects Giggs to succeed him

Louis van Gaal has branded the £58million transfer fee for Anthony Martial 'ridiculous' and revealed his expectations for Ryan Giggs to succeed him in the top job at Old Trafford.

Don't buy a red car! Spurs' £22m signing Heung-min learns how fierce club's rivalry with Arsenal is

Son Heung-min is settling into London life and has been handed an important piece of advice - do not buy a red car. He was signed by Tottenham in a £22million switch from Bayer Leverkusen.

After a player is charged for feigning injury for the first time, will we see it happen in the Premier League? 

File photo dated 29-08-2015 of Match referee Michael Oliver (second left) sends off Stoke City's Ibrahim Afellay (third right) during the Barclays Premier League match at The Britannia Stadium, Stoke-upon-Trent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 2, 2015. Stoke midfielder Ibrahim Afellay's suspension after his red card against West Brom has been reduced to two games following a successful appeal by the club. See PA story SOCCER Stoke. Photo credit should read Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Football fans up and down the country rejoiced on Wednesday, as it was announced that, for the very first time, a player would likely be banned for trying to get an opponent sent off.

Premier League clubs health check: How sides shape up after international break

Premier League health check: How are Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool FC, Chelsea and

Following a two-week pause for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, it's back to domestic action and the Barclays Premier League this weekend. But how have the players of each club fared over the international break and what is going to happen next? Here's your club-by-club guide

Joshua labelled 'scumbag' by rival Whyte as build-up to British boxer's title fight against Gary Cornish turns sour

Anthony Joshua labelled 'scumbag' by rival Dillian Whyte as build-up to British boxer's

Anthony Joshua's final press conference before his Commonwealth title fight against Gary Cornish descended into a slanging match with Dillian Whyte on Thursday. Whyte beat Joshua as an amateur in 2009 and the bad blood between the unbeaten pair has seen the Brixton fighter pencilled in for a December 12 crack at Joshua, assuming they emerge unscathed from their assignments this weekend, with Whyte fighting Brian Minto on Joshua's undercard. Predictably, their feud overshadowed the build-up to that show at The O2, with Joshua having just taken the microphone when be brought Whyte's name up.

Ferdinand casts doubts over former United team-mate Keane's managerial future after Sunderland spell

The retired England defender admits he is unsure whether his former united captain will be given another shot at Premier League management, following his spell in charge at Sunderland.

Blind is United's 'weak point' and Benteke 'could run around with him on his shoulders' says Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand praised Ed Woodward for 'putting his balls on the table' by trying to attract some of the world's best players to Manchester United during the summer, but now fears for Daley Blind's future.

Wenger was 'very interested' in joining Real, reveals club's former president 

Arsene Wenger was once 'very interested' in leaving Arsenal to take over at Real Madrid, according to the Spanish club's former president, Ramon Calderon.

The youngsters to watch at the World Cup: Fleet-footed fly-halves, hulking hookers and powerful props in our top 10 guide

Rugby World Cup 2015 players to watch: Guide to tournament's top youngsters

From first-team starters to those pressuring established names for a chance to secure their place in the first team, the World Cup will be the ultimate proving ground that could make or break a youngsters career. With the Rugby World Cup just a week away, dozens of young players are chomping at the bit to make their mark on the world's biggest stage.

Wenger hits out at Arsenal legend Merson after claims hiding Welbeck's injury setback 'cheats the fans'

Arsene Wenger hits out at Arsenal legend Paul Merson after claims hiding Danny Welbeck's

Arsene Wenger has denied lying about Danny Welbeck's injury after former Arsenal player Paul Merson accused him of cheating fans. Merson was furious that Wenger knew about the setback with Welbeck's knee injury and for not spending heavily in the transfer market to sign the striker they need. After the transfer window closed, Arsenal released a statement indicating that Welbeck would undergo surgery but that the decision was made a week ago.

Fantasy Football: European stars Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and more are available for selection now! 

Fans embarking on this season's Mail Online Fantasy Football game will have already scoured the far reaches of the Premier League - but now they'll need to find room in their squad for a Euro star.

Grealish has to decide in his heart of hearts whether he is English or Irish

Jack Grealish during the Capital One Cup Second Round match between Aston Villa and Notts County played at Villa Park, Birmingham

Jack Grealish should pick his national team based on how he feels deep down, Tim Sherwood has said. The Aston Vila forward is edging closer to declaring an allegiance.

Pardew backs 'good to watch' Crystal Palace against leaders City

Palace manager Alan Pardew 
Football: Premier League: Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Manchester City's visit to Selhurst Park will prove a clash between the two most exciting teams in the Barclays Premier League as first meets second.

Hundreds of mourners attend funeral of tragic IndyCar star Wilson after ex-Formula One driver was killed by debris in race

Justin Wilson's funeral held in Northamptonshire as tributes flood in for ex-Formula One

Over 500 mourners attended the funeral of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in Paulerspury, Northamptonshire on Thursday. Ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber was among the pall-bearers as Wilson's coffin, draped in the Union Flag and topped with a magnificent bouquet of white blooms, was carried into Saint James The Great church. The Yorkshireman died on August 24 from head injuries sustained when he was struck on the crash helmet by a large piece of debris following a crash during an IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania the previous day

Is it a hit with the ladies? Ronaldo launches 'Legacy' fragrance... but Real star hasn't had a sniff of goal this term

Cristiano Ronaldo releases debut fragrance 'Legacy'... so can he sniff out his first Real

Cristiano Ronaldo has conquered the underwear industry and now he is making waves in the fragrance business by releasing a new aftershave. Yet the real Madrid superstar is yet to have a sniff of his first goal this season.

Injury setback for Wilshere as he recovers from fracture... as Welbeck is confirmed to be out until Christmas

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal passes the ball as Ricardo Rodriguez looks on during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg at the Emirates Stadium in London, England.  

(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger has revealed Jack Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery from a fractured ankle as injuries to key players continue to mount for Arsenal.

Watford have not made special plans for Swansea's Gomes, says Flores 

Quique Sanchez Flores insists Watford have not made any special plans to stop goal-machine Bafetimbi Gomis when Swansea travel to Vicarage Road.

Radcliffe adamant she will not publish her blood test data over doping claims

Paula Radcliffe says the pressure being put on her to release her blood test data is bordering on abuse.

'There is nobody like him': Messi lauds Rooney and England star's goal record

Lionel Messi has heaped praise upon Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United striker became England's highest ever scorer with 50 goals in 107 games.

Real WON'T make January move for De Gea as chief Perez hints keeper could sign new United contract

Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea sits on the bench before the start of their Euro 2016 qualification soccer match against Slovakia at Carlos Tartiere stadium in Oviedo, Spain, September 5, 2015. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has ruled out a January move for David de Gea and hinted that he expects the goalkeeper to sign a new deal at Manchester United.

Chelsea and Tottenham could SHARE Wembley as temporary home while their grounds are redeveloped

Chelsea 2 V Tottenham Hotspur 0, Capital One Cup final, Wembley.

Tottenham's Harry Kane 

Picture Andy Hooper Daily Mail/ Solo Syndication

Chelsea and Tottenham have been given the go-ahead to share Wembley as a temporary home when their grounds are redeveloped.

He's not even the fastest player at his club... yet FIFA 16 rate Walcott as quickest in world

FIFA 16 rate Arsenal star Theo Walcott as quickest in world!

With FIFA 16 set be released by EA Sports on September 22, gamers and football fans alike are waiting on tenterhooks to find out whether the gameplay will be up to scratch. But in the meantime the video game makers are revealing a number of player and club ratings lists to entice the long-running franchise's fans.

Here they come! World Cup holders New Zealand depart for England to defend their title

Rugby World Cup holders New Zealand depart for England as All Blacks look to defend title

The All Blacks left New Zealand for England on Thursday hoping to become the first team to defend the Rugby World Cup, the first New Zealand team to win the tournament overseas and the first team from any nation to win the Webb Ellis Trophy three times. The party that boarded an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Heathrow comprised 30 players and 20 support staff. One player, Ma'a Nonu will leave later because of a slight illness.

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Villas-Boas to leave Zenit St Petersburg at the end of season

KHIMKI, RUSSIA - MARCH 22: Head coach Andre Villas-Boas of FC Zenit St. Petersburg gestures during the Russian Premier League match between FC Dinamo Moscow and FC Zenit St Petersburg at the Arena Khimki Stadium on March 22, 2015 in Khimki, Russia. (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)

Andre Villas-Boas will leave Zenit St Petersburg at the end of the season after the Russian club refused to release him in the summer when he was linked with Real Madrid.

Pique: I will always be happy when Real lose and I will not apologise for that... Spain boos hurt but I'll never quit

epa04915749 Spanish defender Gerard Pique (R) in action against Jan Gregus (L) of Slovakia during the UEFA EURO 2016 group C qualifying soccer match between Spain and Slovakia at Carlos Tartiere stadium, in Oviedo, Spain, 05 September 2015.  EPA/JOSE LUIS CEREIJIDO

Gerard Pique says he will never walk away from the Spain team or change the way he celebrates Barcelona's victories in a passionate response to his critics on Thursday.

Chelsea transfer saga has made Stones a better player says Martinez

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08:  John Stones of England and Breel Embolo of Switzerland during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier Group E match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

Roberto Martinez has backed John Stones to show how he has recovered from his summer transfer ordeal by taking his form to an even higher level.

The striker I fancied, the man who would kick his granny and the reason I why never joined United: Gazza picks his ultimate team

The striker I fancied, the reason I never signed for Manchester United and the man who

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Gascoigne, one of England's most talented footballers, has selected his all-time XI made up of players he played alongside during his colourful career for Sky Sports' Fantasy Football Club. Gascoigne played for the likes of Newcastle and Tottenham in the Premier before spells in Italy with Lazio and Scotland with Rangers but the team is made up entirely of former England internationals.

Kop that: Liverpool flop Balotelli kisses AC Milan badge as he reveals his love for Italian side

Mario Balotelli kisses AC Milan badge as he reveals his love for the Italian side

Mario Balotelli looks like he is happy to be back in Milan. The Italian striker shared an image on Instagram of him kissing the badge on an AC Milan jersey. Balotelli joined AC Milan on a season-long loan from Liverpool after a failed first season at Anfield.

A video ref? Webb admits he has helped Match of the Day pundits with contentious refereeing decisions

Howard Webb was at the Match of the Day studios almost every Saturday last season, talking pundits through the contentious refereeing incidents of each weekend before the show was broadcast.

Walters will be focused for Stoke despite handing in transfer request, insists Hughes ahead of Arsenal clash

DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 07:  Jonathan Walters of the Republic of Ireland (14) celebrates with Shane Long (9) as he scores their first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will include contract rebel Jonathan Walters in his squad to face Arsenal on Saturday. Walters handed in a transfer request during the summer window.

Yorkshire captain Gale looking for more success after back-to-back titles 

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09:  Andrew Gale of Yorkshire hits a boundary during the LV County Championship match between Middlesex and Yorkshire at Lord's Cricket Ground on September 9, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

County champions Yorkshire's bid to emulate their famed 1960s counterparts starts right now, according to captain Andrew Gale.

De Gea must win back the Manchester United fans, says club legend Stepney

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 02:  David de Gea looks on during the Spain training session at Ciudad de Futbol on September 2, 2015 in Las Rozas, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Manchester United goalkeeping legend Alex Stepney has said David de Gea will have to shout his way back into the hearts of Old Trafford fans following his summer flirtation with Real Madrid.

Crystal Palace midfielder Williams joins Forest on four-month loan


Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has bolstered his attacking ranks with the loan signing of playmaker Jonny Williams from Premier League side Crystal Palace.

I introduced George Best to Joan Collins and didn't see them again! Crerand remembers hilarious stories of United legend as bid to fund film of his life kicks off

Manchester United legend George Best's womanising antics revealed: 'I introduced him to

His Northern Ireland room-mate Pat Jennings and fellow United European Cup winners Alex Stepney and Paddy Crerand regaled fans and potential backers with stories about Best's drinking, womanising and other everyday normality at Old Trafford on Wednesday night as film producers outlined their plans for George Best: The Movie.

Bayern midfielder Martinez returns to training after year of injury woe

Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen runs with the ball during the DFL Supercup match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Signal Iduna Park on August 13, 2014 in Dortmund, Germany.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich defensive midfielder Javi Martinez hopes to return to the first-team soon. Last August the Spain midfielder tore a cruciate ligament, meniscus and tendons in his knee.

Arsenal defender Koscielny claims he still feels young as he celebrates 30th

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny said he is feeling young at 30 and is training hard to prolong his career. The Frenchman is keen to use his experience to help the club's younger players.



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European Qualifier. England v Switzerland
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Wayne Rooney scores 2-0 to break the record        

Be wary of any off-field distractions, warns legend Wilkinson on the night Take That give England squad World Cup 'send-off'

England squad must be wary of off-field distractions during Rugby World Cup, says Jonny

Jonny Wilkinson has urged England to be wary of the danger posed by outside 'distractions' ahead of the home World Cup, as Stuart Lancaster's squad attended a glitzy send-off event featuring Take That. The iconic former fly-half, who kicked Sir Clive Woodward's national team to global glory in 2003, was always relentlessly focused in his pursuit of on-field success. He has warned the current Test squad to avoid getting caught up in the growing fanfare around them, in the final build-up to this year's tournament here.

Ireland can rule the world! Pain of 2011 still haunts Bowe, but winger (inspired by selfie with Bolt) is spurred on this time

Tommy Bowe spurred on by 2011 Rugby World Cup pain... and insists Ireland can rule the

NIK SIMON IN BELFAST: When Usain Bolt called into the Ireland team hotel this week, Tommy Bowe could not resist the opportunity to take a 'selfie'.

BRYAN HABANA EXCLUSIVE: Dad hugged a white guy... South Africa's World Cup victory in 1995 changed everything

Bryan Habana: Dad hugged a white guy... South Africa's Rugby World Cup victory in 1995

NIK SIMON IN CAPE TOWN: Word spreads quickly through the patch-work metal shacks of Masiphumelele that Bryan Habana is in town. He is telling the story of his 1,800-mile road trip to the opening game of the 1995 Rugby World Cup against Australia, but before he reaches the end, an army of the township's children, drunk on excitement, has gathered outside.

Wilkinson backs Ford to get chariot rolling as 2003 Rugby World Cup stars give their verdict on England line-up  

As Stuart Lancaster prepares to name his side for next Friday's clash with Fiji, Sportsmail asked four of England's 2003 champions for their verdict on the players in their positions...

Italy's Morisi ruled out with knee injury sustained against Wales

Irish player Tommy O'Donnell (C) runs to score as he escapes from Italy's centre Luca Morisi (R) during the Six Nations International Rugby Union match between Italy and Ireland at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on February 7, 2015. 


Italy centre Luca Morisi has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup because of a torn ligament in his right knee from their defeat by Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

World Cup 2015 fixtures guide: Dates, times, groups and knock-out games

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  A general view of Twickenham Stadium on July 6, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England will kick off the Rugby World Cup on Friday 18 September when they take on Fiji at Twickenham, looking to win a second title. Sportsmail brings you every game.

All Blacks' Big Six aiming to go out on a high: How Kiwi stars on the verge of retirement can win World Cup again

New Zealand All Black's Conrad Smith, Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu, Keven Mealamu, Richie McCaw and Tony Woodcock (L to R) celebrate winning the Bledisloe Cup rugby match against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Nigel Marple - RTX1OCRP

JOE RIDGE: If you thought the New Zealand sides of old were good, then the current crop of All Blacks may just be the strongest World Cup group they have ever had.

Ireland coach Schmidt wary of 'banana skin' threat from Canada in World Cup 

05 September 2015 International Rugby ; England v Ireland;  coach Joe Schmidt gets involved in a pre-match routine.
Photo: Mark Leech

Joe Schmidt fears Canada could prove 'an incredible banana skin' for an Ireland side chasing their best-ever World Cup return. Ireland open their World Cup Pool D campaign by facing Canada in Cardiff.

I feared that head injury would end my World Cup dream, says Scot Denton

David Denton in action for Scotland.

EXCLUSIVE: David Denton breathes a sigh of relief when he thinks back to the freak collision with Paul O'Connell's hip that nearly put paid to his World Cup dream.

£52m De Bruyne meets City team-mates for the first time as Kompany, Sterling and Co return to keep early title momentum going

Kevin De Bruyne takes part in first Manchester City training session and fit-again

New signing Kevin De Bruyne met up with his Manchester City team-mates for the first time on Wednesday as they reported back for training following the international break. The £52million forward, who had been with Belgium for their Euro 2016 qualifiiers Bosnia and Cyprus, was joined by the likes of Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Raheem Sterling.

England Under 21s star Dier signs new five-year contract with Tottenham

Eric Dier signs a new five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur after impressing in

England Under 21 international Eric Dier has signed a new contract at Tottenham, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. Dier, who was brought up in Portugal, signed from Sporting Lisbon for £4million in 2014. The 21-year-old's extension runs until 2020.

Wayne Rooney is an England great... but I wouldn't say I was (says Sir Geoff Hurst, the hat-trick hero who WON England the 1966 World Cup)

Geoff Hurst tells all about 1966 World Cup heroics, selling off his medals and how Wayne

WHO I AM: Geoff Hurst scored 24 goals in 49 England games - including the only hat-trick in a World Cup final - and represented West Ham and Stoke City. As part of an occasional series, he talks about his career with Andrew Magee...

United are BORING and lack the pulsating excitement of the Ferguson era, blasts Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has admitted he no longer enjoys watching Manchester United play and that they lack 'explosive fantasy' to excite supporters or win the Premier League.

De Bruyne can reach Messi and Ronaldo's level, claims his first Belgium boss Leekens

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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne can become as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. That is the glowing assessment of the man who gave the £54million man his international debut.

Van Gaal to let Wilson join Derby on loan... leaving United with two strikers

England's James Wilson celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against the USA during the Under 21 International Friendly at Deepdale, Preston. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER England U21. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see for full restrictions and further information.

Manchester United striker James Wilson is set to join Derby County on loan. More than 20 clubs enquired for Wilson when United indicated they would be willing to let the 19-year-old move.

FA confirm Livermore will not be banned for cocaine use because of 'unique' circumstances in case

HULL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24:  Jake Livermore of Hull City passes the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Stoke City at the KC Stadium on August 24, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Football Association have confirmed that Jake Livermore will not receive a ban for testing postive for cocaine 'due to the specific and unique nature of the circumstances surrounding the case.' 

Ilori signing was 'a no brainer' for Villa says Sherwood as he compares Liverpool youngster to Can

Tiago Ilori of Portugal in action during the UEFA Under21 European Championship 2015 Group B match between England and Portugal at Mestsky Fotbalovy Stadium in Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic.  

(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Tim Sherwood believes Tiago Ilori can be Aston Villa's Emre Can and admits he is surprised Liverpool allowed the Portugal Under-21 defender to leave.

Boateng to stay at Schalke after failing to find a new club this summer 

File photo dated 17-09-2014 of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Shalke 04 PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 10, 2015. Kevin-Prince Boateng is set to see out the remainder of his contract with Schalke after failing to find a new club this summer. See PA story SOCCER Schalke. Photo credit should read Tony Marshall/PA Wire.

Kevin-Prince Boateng is set to see out the remainder of his contract with Schalke after failing to find a new club this summer having been suspended by the Bundesliga club in May.

Lineker backs Rooney to smash the 60-goal barrier for England as legend goes behind-the-scenes in new TV film on record breaker

Wayne Rooney will hold onto England record for a long time... he could score more than 60

Wayne Rooney can put England's goalscoring record out of sight for a very long time after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's tally, according to Gary Lineker. Still a month shy of his 30th birthday, Rooney reached the hallowed 50 goals for England against Switzerland on Tuesday night to become the nation's outright leading goalscorer.

PSG reveal 'dark light' third kit as stars Luiz and Silva model new design  

Paris Saint Germain reveal 'dark light' third kit for 2015-16 season as stars David Luiz

Paris Saint Germain have unveiled their new 'dark light' third kit for the 2015-2016 season. The sleek black design by Nike was modeled by defenders David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos as well as midfielder Blaise Matuidi. The French giants, who have won the last three consecutive Ligue 1 titles, said in a statement on their club website: 'The players' powerful physical presence is accentuated through detailing on the torso, sleeves and lower back, while a modern take on the club's famed crest - re-imagined in black, white and grey - sits proudly on the chest.

The very expensive Boys From Brazil: Neymar poses with team-mates including Coutinho and Firmino on international duty

Neymar poses with Brazil team mates including Liverpool stars Philippe Coutinho and

In the photo, shared on the forward's Instagram account, are Liverpool pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, Manchester City' Real Madrid defenders Marcelo and Danilo and Bayern Munich's summer signing Douglas Costa, among others. Ten of the Brazilian internationals in the picture play club football in Europe, and the eleven have commanded transfer fees up to £205.9million in total.

Villa midfielder Gana faces fitness race for Leicester clash after picking up hamstring injury during Senegal match


Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is sweating on the fitness of Idrissa Gana after the midfield dynamo injured his hamstring playing for Senegal.

Anelka: Arsenal will reap the rewards from Wenger putting faith in Giroud

Former Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka insists under-fire Olivier Giroud can repay Arsene Wenger's faith by scoring the goals to win trophies this season.

'What's the point?' Adam concedes defeat in appeal over Stoke red card

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam insists there was no malice in his apparent stamp on West Brom's Craig Dawson but feels there would have been little point appealing his sending off.

£58m? Martial will be an expensive flop! Arsenal 'Invincible' Parlour sticks boot into United's record-breaking teen

Teen prodigy Anthony Martial joined Louis van Gaal's Manchester United from Monaco for a whopping £36million, rising to £58m on transfer deadline day.

Rangers agree settlement with former manager McCoist as club hero thanks fans for 'greatest honour in my career'

File photo dated 06-08-2014 of Rangers manager Ally McCoist PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 10, 2015. Rangers chairman Dave King has confirmed the club have agreed a pay-off deal with former boss Ally McCoist - nine months after he quit his post. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Rangers have agreed a settlement with former manager Ally McCoist to release him from his ibrox contract. He was placed on gardening leave after his departure last December.

Kermorgant pens new Bournemouth contract to stay until 2017

Yann Kermorgant has signed a contract extension which commits him to Bournemouth until the summer of 2017. He is yet to score in the top flight after netting 15 times last season.

Sort that roof! With new covered court not ready until next year, rain causes havoc as US Open quarter-finals are halted by delays

Rain delays quarter-final ties at the US Open with centre court roof set to be finished

The quarter-final matches at the US Open were delayed by rain on Wednesday. Second seed Simona Halep and former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka were forced off court for 85 minutes with Azarenka leading 2-1 in the final set at Flushing Meadows. Worn down after dropping the second set to Azarenka, the Romanian got to rest up when the sky opened up.

RESULTS: Latest from men's and women's singles at Flushing Meadows

Keep track of all the latest results from the men's and women's singles at the US Open. Stick with Sportsmail for the best coverage from New York.

Federer beats Gasquet to set up US Open semi-final with Stan Wawrinka

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates at the US Open 2015.

Roger Federer moved into his 38th Grand Slam semi-final - and he hasn't dropped a set in the US Open so far. Federer had no trouble beating 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.

Wawrinka brushes Anderson aside in straight sets to reach US Open semis

Sep 9, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa on day ten of the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Stanislas Wawrinka cruised through to the semi-finals of the US Open with minimal fuss after a straight-sets victory over Kevin Anderson.

Sky Sports travel 5,000 miles in 12 hours as to showcase revamped coverage of NFL

Sky Sports travel 5,000 miles in 12 hours as British broadcasters showcase revamped

With the new NFL season set to kick off on Friday (12:00 BST), Sky Sports made good on their summer vow to up their coverage across the pond, as presenters traveled over 5,000 miles around the United States, visiting each of the division's 32 teams in just 12 hours.  Sky held interviews with key players, discussing their hopes and expectations as they previewed the forthcoming campaign.  The NFL is the most popular professional sports league in the United States and its championship final, the Super Bowl,is often the most watched television event of the year.

Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay are Super Bowl contenders, but Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles could make it there too

Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are Super Bowl contenders, but Arizona Cardinals

The Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers appear the teams to beat in the NFC, but from Dallas to Minnesota and Arizona to Philadelphia, cases can be made for teams to go all the way...

'It's never personal for me. It's always about business': Money Man Mayweather stares down Berto...and reveals why he snubbed Khan

Floyd Mayweather defends Andre Berto selection over Amir Khan by saying both former

JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather explained how he chose Andre Berto instead of our own Amir Khan for his 49th and last fight. The selection of Berto was met with scorn in some quarters. The ticket-buying and television pay-per-view public have still not fully bought into Saturday night's event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Khan had been close to securing his dream fight with the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world three times and was distraught at being passed over yet again.

McGregor could be UFC's best featherweight but I'd still beat him, says rival Ultimate Fighter coach Faber


The Notorious One has just finished six weeks filming with The California Kid for a new series of reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter in which he coaches European fighters against Faber's all US team.

Towcester racecourse boss Ackerman among four found guilty of corruption 



Towcester chief executive Kevin Ackerman has been found in breach of rules concerning the involvement in corrupt or fraudulent practices following a disciplinary panel hearing.

Rose hopes new clubs will lift him after missing out on majors in stellar year

Justin Rose is backing his new clubs to propel him to greater heights. The Englishman has enjoyed a phenomenal year on the course, despite missing out on silverware at all four majors.

Joshua is a real treat to watch in the gym, he's improving every day... but Cornish will be his biggest challenge

Anthony Joshua v Kevin Johnson
Anthony Joshua stops Johnson in the second
Matchroom Boxing 02 arena, 
30/05/15: Kevin Quigley/Daily Mail/Solo Syndication

EDDIE HEARN: As Saturday approaches, so too does Anthony Joshua's first major title fight. He is in this sport to collect belts and that accelerates for real at The O2.

Injured Woakes to miss rest of England's one-day series vs Australia

England's Chris Woakes reacts during the second match of the Royal London One Day International Series at Lord's, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 5, 2015. See PA story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use without prior written consent of the ECB. Still image use only no moving images to emulate broadcast. No removing or obscuring of sponsor logos. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes will miss the last two matches of the Royal London one-day series against Australia with a thigh injury, but is expected to be fit for the Pakistan Test series.

Radcliffe kept waiting as she fights to clear her name after doping allegations

MATT LAWTON: Paula Radcliffe may have to wait for the outcome of an independent WADA investigation before having any hope of clearing her name against allegations of doping.

Haddin becomes latest Australia player to announce international retirement

Australian cricket team wicket keeper Brad Haddin announces his retirement from the sport at the Sydney Cricket Ground, September 9, 2015. Haddin's retirement follows former Australian captains Michael Clarke and Shane Watson as well as opener Chris Rogers in stepping down after the Ashes series defeat.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

Brad Haddin has become the latest member of Australia's conquered Ashes squad to announce his international retirement. He had been a peripheral figure in the latest Ashes series

Former England opener Trescothick agrees new Somerset one-year deal

LEEDS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Marcus Trescothick of Somerset during the  LV County Championship match between Yorkshire and Somerset at Headingley on September 1, 2015 in Leeds, England.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Marcus Trescothick will extend his famous career into a 24th season after agreeing a new one-year contract with Somerset.

Lawrie threatens to shoot a historic 59 in round one of the KLM Open but seizes the lead with a nine-under 61

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie threatened to record the first 59 in European Tour history before settling for an impressive opening 61 in the KLM Open on Thursday.

SAM TURNER'S RACING TIPS: All the best bets for Thursday, September 10

ASCOT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Jamie Spencer riding Right Touch (2R) win The Bibendum Wine Ltd Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on September 05, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Daily Mail racing expert Robin Goodfellow (Sam Turner) brings his hottest selections for Thursday's meetings at Doncaster, Epsom Downs, Chepstow and Chelmsford City.

Tiggy Wiggy put out to pasture after finishing last in Haydock Sprint Cup

Tiggy Wiggy, winner of the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes last year and third in the 1,000 Guineas in May, has been retired after finishing last in the Haydock Sprint Cup last Saturday.

Sir Bobby Charlton saw his England scoring record broken after 45 years by Rooney... Sportsmail reflects on the World Cup winner's career with the Three Lions

Sir Bobby Charlton saw his England scoring record broken by Wayne Rooney... Sportmail

Sir Bobby Charlton's England scoring record was broken after 45 years by Wayne Rooney on Tuesday, after the England and Manchester United captain scored a penalty against Switzerland to reach goal No 50. The 77-year-old Charlton was quick to pay tribute to Rooney after his strike in the 84th minute at Wembley placed him at the summit of the list of England's all time leading scorers. 'I am absolutely delighted that it is Wayne, as captain of my beloved club and country, who now holds this record,' Charlton said.

The best ever? Sportsmail's reporters run the rule over Rooney's Three Lions career so far after record-breaking goal

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 8:  Wayne Rooney of England celebrates scoring from the penalty spot during the EURO 2016 qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney beat Sir Bobby Charlton's England scoring record with a penalty against Switzerland at Wembley. Sportsmail's writers have delivered their verdicts on the England captain.

JEFF POWELL: Sir Bobby Charlton was Roger Federer to Rooney's Stan Wawrinka... he is still England's No 1


JEFF POWELL: My occasional encounters with Wayne Rooney have been meetings to cherish. There is a gentleman inside this Mersey boy, too. It is just that he is not Bobby Charlton.

Jock Stein died at Ninian Park 30 years ago... How Scotland sank from glory to grief in the Big Man's final hour


It was a night like no other. The switch from unbridled euphoria to despondency and grief inside an hour felt like we had breached some law of physics and had landed in a parallel universe.